The Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Advocate Joseph Whittal, is urging the federal government to expedite the passage of the anti-witchcraft invoice.
He explains that this urgency is as a result of hardships confronted by girls labelled as witches, who can not endure the related assault and stigma.
He spoke on the commemoration of International Human Rights Day 2023 organized by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice below the theme, “The 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Implications for Human Rights Protection in Ghana,” held on December 11, 2023.
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“Our concern now is what the president has indicated that he has constitutional concerns, but he has no problem with the content of the bill. Our problem as a Commission is, can the president speed up, whatever he will do to bring that bill to Parliament whether it is through the Attorney General, or however he intends to. The women cannot afford any further delay.”
Parliament has already handed the Criminal Offences Amendment Bill 2023, also called the anti-witchcraft invoice, which seeks to criminalize assaults on alleged witches.
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, on November 27, 2023, criticized the President for failing to speak his stance on the invoice to Parliament after he was anticipated to evaluation and provides his assent.
In a letter addressed to Parliament on Monday, December 4, President Akufo-Addo conveyed to the House that he can not give his assent to the three payments till the constitutional points tied to them are resolved.